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Psalm 18:46-50

Part 4 of 4

As you know, we’ve divided Psalm 18 into to four parts.

The overarching theme of the first 18 verses is the Lord will answer when we call!

The overarching theme of verses 19-27 is God rewards when we obey!

The overarching theme of last week’s verses (28-45) is God empowers the obedient!

Tonight, we finish this Psalm written by David when he was hiding from Saul.

46 The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!

Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,

who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.

You exalted me above my foes;

from violent men you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Lord;

I will sing praises to your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;

he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,

to David and his descendants forever.

Verse 46

· As I point out A LOT: notice the LORD (all caps). What does this mean?

o God’s covenant name.

o YHWH hw`hy+ô

o He says “Praise be to my Rock!”

§ The word “rock” means (figuratively) “a large mountain”

§ Indeed our God is a LARGE MOUNTAIN is capable of protecting us against the storms of life!

o David lifts up the Lord as his Savior (lit. “the God of my salvation”).

§ God is the One Who guarantees our salvation.

Verses 47-48

· David knew his vengeance was not his to take. It was the Lords.

· Deuteronomy 32:35

o 35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”

Verses 49-50

· After acknowledging the greatness of our God, David proclaims “I will praise you among the nations, O LORD”

· “Praise” is the Hebrew word yadah (yaw-daw’) which means to “revere in worship with hands stretched out”

o This is one of the Hebrew words that teaches us that Praise is different from Worship.

o Whereas worship is an attitude/state of being/emotional action, praise is the physical expression of the internal state of worship.

o This is why I remind you to show on your face what’s in your heart! Your body should show what’s inside!

§ Romans 12:1, NIV

· Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.

Overarching truth: God is made know to others when we worship Him!